What does defense mean?

Definitions for defense
dɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛnsde·fense

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense, defence, defensive measure(noun)

    (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"

  2. defense, defence(noun)

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

  3. defense, defence, defending team(noun)

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    "his teams are always good on defense"

  4. defense, defence, vindication(noun)

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

  5. defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence(noun)

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

  6. Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoD(noun)

    the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

  7. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyers(noun)

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

  8. refutation, defense, defence(noun)

    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"

  9. defense, defence, defense force, defence force(noun)

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

  10. defensive structure, defense, defence(noun)

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

  11. defense, defence, denial, demurrer(noun)

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

  12. defense, defence(noun)

    the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

    "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"

Wiktionary

  1. defense(Noun)

    The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

  2. defense(Noun)

    Anything employed to oppose attack(s).

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

  3. defense(Noun)

    An argument in support or justification of something.

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

  4. defense(Noun)

    Government policy or structure related to the military.

    Department of Defense

    Etymology: : From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defense(noun)

    alt. of Defence

  2. Defense(verb)

    to furnish with defenses; to fortify

Freebase

  1. Defense

    In many team sports, defense or defence is the action of preventing an opponent from scoring. The term may also refer to the tactics involved in defense, or a sub-team whose primary responsibility is defense. Similarly, a defense player or defender is a player who is generally charged with preventing the other team's forwards from being able to bear down directly on their own team's goalkeeper. Such intention exist in association football, ice hockey, water polo and many other sports.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. defense

    In military law, is the defendant’s answer to the plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff’s case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff’s action.

  2. defense

    In fortification, consists of all sorts of works that cover and defend the opposite posts; as flanks, parapets, casements, etc.

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How to pronounce defense?

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How to say defense in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defense in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of defense in a Sentence

  1. Major Gen. Robert F. Dees:

    The first priority again is cohesion, and the second priority would be that the commander in chief listen to the best military advice, the administration has said, 'Do this, do this, do this,' apart from military and defense considerations.

  2. John Barnett:

    As a quality manager at Boeing, you're the last line of defense before a defect makes it out to the flying public, and I haven't seen a plane out of North Charleston yet that I'd put my name on saying it's safe and airworthy.

  3. Bartosz Kownacki:

    I can't say that the final assessment of the (industrial) offset negotiations will be negative, but considering how big the differences are, it is very likely that an agreement will not be reached, we are not allergic to the French, but to not utilizing the capacity of the Polish (defense) industry.

  4. Fred Allen:

    My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.

Images & Illustrations of defense

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